French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) [fr]



F’SATI is a French South African postgraduate institute for teaching, research and development with two nodes - one at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria and one at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, which offers Masters and Doctorates with a high added value.

The institute’s mandate is to contribute to the creation of knowledge and transfer of technology between South Africa and France as well as capacity-building and technical training of South Africans.

The initiative was launched in 1996 after a visit by late former President Nelson Mandela to France, under the responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce and industry of Paris (CCIP), with the objective of developing a training institute in electronics in South Africa. The French South-African Institute of Technology is thus the result of a partnership between the Paris Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its Engineering School (ESIEE Paris), ESIEE Amiens, the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), the University of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), with strong links with the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin and the University of Montpellier.

Strongly supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEDI), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the National Research Foundation (NRF), the institute has become a leading Centre in scientific innovation.

On December 2016, the Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor, conferred on the F’SATI the Science Forum South Africa 2016 Science Diplomacy Award, in the category for an international Science, Technology and Innovation partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to human capital development.

Two nodes

F’SATI at TUT is the post graduate school for the Department of Electrical Engineering, with a focus on telecommunications, energy & power systems, and enabled environments and technological assistance to handicapped persons. A SARChI Chair is hosted there: “Enabled Environments for assisted living”, hold by Professor Karim DJOUANI.

F’SATI’s node at CPUT (opened in 2008) is specialized in space sciences, satellite engineering and embedded electronics. It boasts South Africa’s first nanosatellite program - which developed Africa’s first nano-satellite (ZACUBE-1), and is currently developing what will be the most advanced South African CubeSat to date (ZACUBE-2). A SARChI chair is hosted there: “Innovative Small Satellite Technology and Applications for Africa”, hold by Professor Norman G. FITZ-COY.

Another major realization is the commercialization of satellite communication subsystems, distributed through the Clyde Space Scottish company on the international market. A new important evolution coming from those achievements is the involvement of the F’SATI node for the development of a constellation of nanosatellites for maritime application in the national Operation Phakisa plan.

Key figures

  • 8 start-ups created since the F’SATI launch in 1998, 7 of them acquired by major companies
  • 1 patent, 36 peer-reviewed journal papers, 59 accredited conferences and 3 books in 2016
  • 43 doctoral and 124 master students in 2016

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publie le 14/02/2017

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